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The Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides multidisciplinary care for children with gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional disorders.Patients receive comprehensive care from a physician faculty as well as a staff that includes nurse practitioners with advanced expertise in pediatric gastroenterology and masters-level licensed dietitians.
Our pediatric gastroenterologists and child nutrition specialists practice at 12 locations around eastern Massachusetts, western Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire including Boston; Braintree; Concord; Danvers; Forestdale (Sandwich); Foxborough; Leominster; Newton; Salem; Springfield; Waltham and Nashua, New Hampshire.
Specialized services including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, video capsule endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography are available at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, MassGeneral for Children at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center.
Doctors from the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition participate in clinical programs across MassGeneral Hospital for Children to provide multidisciplinary care to children. Some of the programs our doctors participate in include Turner syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, Down syndrome, mitochondrial disease, Pitt Hopkins syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Canavan disease and muscular dystrophy.
The Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center (MIBRC) conducts basic research in the field of mucosal immunology. Currently, nine primary investigators work on related issues ranging from Salmonella food poisoning to intestinal inflammatory diseases and the associated immune-mediated conditions. Learn more about the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition FellowshipThe fellowship program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition endeavors to fully train pediatricians to become expert, board-certified consultants in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition in an academic setting and to have the capacity to become independent basic scientists or clinical investigators. Learn more.
This past May marked the 11th anniversary of MGHfC Research Day, an annual event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease. The focus of this years’ event was on innovation and taking children’s health and medicine even farther into the future with cutting edge care and research.
For the first few months of her life, Quinnlyn Fisher relied on a feeding tube. Gagging and vomiting, along with a host of health issues, made feeding a struggle for Quinnlyn, who was born premature at just under 28 weeks. With care and support from her family and care team at the Center for Feeding and Nutrition at MGHfC, Quinnlyn no longer gags or vomits, and relishes in foods full of flavor and color.
When Ethan Datsis, 17, smiles, everyone else follows suit. His parents, Ellen and Kurt, knew something wasn't right when Ethan, who has autism and is non-verbal, showed that he was in pain. A partnership with his care team and surgery with an uncertain outcome helped bring back the smile Ethan is known for.
Sofia is one of an estimated 500 children in the world diagnosed with Pitt Hopkins syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects development, speech and intellect. This little girl, although tiny in size, is proving she is capable of big things despite her rare diagnosis.
This year, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its 10th annual Research Day, an event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease.
MGHfC is pleased to announce the launch of the Neonatal Hepatology Program, a novel multidisciplinary program that allows for the careful evaluation and management of distinct and complex liver disease in newborns.
Ether Day, a tradition started in 1945, is a day to recognize MGHfC and Mass General staff for their years of service to patients and the hospital's overall mission. Learn more about what MGHfC means to some of those providers and staff.
Before the birth of Rose's twins, prenatal testing showed one baby may have an intestinal blockage. Hours after Mihaly was born, MGHfC surgeons performed a life-saving surgery.
The Access and New Appointment Center, which opened in December 2006, was designed to be a single-entry point for scheduling new patient appointments and registering new patients. Instead of calling multiple phone numbers and leaving voicemails, patients, families and providers can call one number and have their call answered every time. Since opening, staff have answered more than 300,000 calls and scheduled more than 100,000 new patient appointments.
In honor of NICU Awareness Month, Aloft Boston Seaport wanted to give back to the hospital staff who care for families when they need it most. Hotel and MGHfC staff came together to distribute nearly 1,000 freshly-made bagels and donuts after an event at Aloft Boston Seaport cancelled at the last minute.
Gustavo Franca was born with birth defects that left him unable to eat or drink anything by mouth. Now, at age 9, Gustavo is learning how to chew and swallow solid food and overcome his feeding fears with help from the MGHfC Pediatric Feeding Program.
Ella Dumais struggled with feeding for the first two years of her life. With help from Lauren Fiechtner, MD, and a team of feeding therapists, Ella, now 3, went from receiving food through a feeding tube to joining her family at the dinner table and fearlessly trying new foods every day.
MGHfC clinicians are working to eliminate the short- and long-term health issues associated with obesity in children by providing specialized care and treatment options.
Kriston Ganguli, MD is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at MGHfC, and is dedicated to patient care, her responsibilities as an Associate Fellowship Program Director, Quality Improvement as the division’s Physician Quality Champion as well as basic science research. She has held a long-term scientific interest in understanding the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and investigating preventive strategies for this potentially life-threatening disease of premature infants.
In recognition of more than 40 years of teaching and mentorship, Dr. W. Allan Walker, Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and former chief of the Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Nutrition Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, received the 2013 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute Council Growth, Development & Child Health (GDCH) Section Research Mentor Award during Digestive Diseases Week in Orlando, Fla.
The Center for Celiac Research, under the leadership of Alessio Fasano, MD, has moved from Baltimore to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) in Boston.
MGHfC opened a new, state-of-the-art
pediatric endoscopy suite in February
2012. It combines the most advanced
technologies for endoscopic diagnosis and
treatment with a physical layout and care
model geared for the comfort of pediatric
patients and their families.
The brand new Pediatric Endoscopy Suite provides patients with a unique, family-friendly space while allowing adult and pediatric endoscopy specialists to collaborate and share technology and expertise.
Dr. Ronald Kleinman, physician-in-chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and expert in pediatric nutrition, weighs in on whether chocolate milk should be offered as a recovery drink for student athletes.
Learn more about Dr. Allan Goldstein's mission to find a cure for this rare colon disease effecting newborns.
The Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication at the Massachusetts General Hospital works closely with stem cell biologists, material scientists, and engineers from the Center for Regenerative Medicine, MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Draper Laboratories. Collaborating with Professor Robert Langer from MIT, we began building living tissues using living cells on specially designed degradable plastics. This invention is now patented and being tested worldwide. Our work is also a part of the Center for Innovations in Minimally Invasive Therapies as well as the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Tissue Engineering is a new field in science, medicine, and engineering in which living replacements for organs and tissues of the body are designed and built. Our laboratory at MGH has been designing and building organs and tissues for almost 20 years. We have worked closely with scientists and engineers at MIT and have studied 27 tissues of the body. The Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Lab uses cells combined with special plastics and natural materials, which act as the scaffolding upon which the living tissue is built. Several clinical trials are planned or underway. Learn more.
MGHfC Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Program
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To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition is now on Patient Gateway for children under 13 years of age.
Ask our staff about Patient Gateway or print and fill out the Patient Gateway form and bring it your child’s next appointment.Patient Gateway form (word)
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